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Watson in the Wild is a weekly blog that highlights cool apps that have been developed with Watson services. It may also include articles, videos, or links to other sites to provide insights into ways that people are using Watson services. The real key to this blog is hearing from you… yes you… hiding behind your keyboard. We want to hear your thoughts and feedback, and help be our eyes and ears in the community. If you see an interesting reference to Watson or cool apps that others have done, please comment below. If you have a cool app that you'd like other people in the Watson Community to see, click here to share it with us.
Live app • Created by David Boaz and Yara Safadi
The NESTS application was built using one of the five IBM Watson Services that were recently released in beta, Tradeoff Analytics. NESTS allows the user to search for FHA-eligible homes in America, using realtime data. It is as simple as picking a state, filtering by criteria such as price, beds, and baths, and then allowing Tradeoff Analytics to help you compare homes to make the best choice. However, what sets NESTS apart from other real estate sites starts from the moment you begin filtering. The application adds blue flags to homes that may not offer the best value to the user, and provides the user with other selections which present greater value based on how you filter the results. It presents this data on a chart which helps the user visualize where their choices are depending on the criteria they have selected. By exposing the tradeoffs and allowing for true multi-objective comparison, NESTS with Tradeoff Analytics, empowers people to make a better judgement call and arrive at the best home-buying decision for them.
Live app • Created by Michel Jonker
AskApp4Watson is a responsive Liberty Profile (Java) application built using a foundation of IBM Watson Question & Answer (Q&A) and a 3rd party API, SDL, which is using a Travel domain. The AskApp4Watson app provides users who speak Dutch the opportunity to use the Watson Q&A service. The app takes whatever a user enters in Dutch, uses SDL to translates it into English, and runs it through the Q&A service. The Q&A service returns a result in English, which is then translated back into Dutch using SDL, and the Dutch output is displayed in the app. This application enables Dutch speakers to take advantage of the capabilities of the Q&A service while that service continues to learn more languages over time. (Watson Q&A is currently only trained in English, with Spanish being the next language that will be supported.) For information, check out Michel's blog post on IBM DeveloperWorks.
More Info • Created by Kevin Hawkins
UsMeU is an iOS Application created around the IBM Watson Personality Insights service. The app features 3 different choices to analyze Personality, Values, and Needs. The first choice is by analyzing the tweets made from a single twitter account, the second is to compare two twitter accounts against one another, and the third analyzes text input. Once the user sees the results, they can share them via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail. For more information, including a video, check out UsMeU's website.
As always, we want to hear from you. Leave us your comments below and let us know your thoughts about the 3 apps we featured this week; Nests, AskApp4Watson and UsMeU. Also, don't forget to share the apps you're creating using Watson services with us: Submit here. Stay tuned to next week!